July 8th, 2008
10:57 AM ET
14 years ago

New Obama ad attacks McCain on energy policy

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(CNN) - Less than a week after the Republican National Committee rolled out its first contrast ad of the cycle – a $3 million swing state buy that hit Democrat Barack Obama on energy policy – the Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday set to air in the same campaign battlegrounds.

“McCain and Bush support a drilling plan that won’t produce a drop of oil for seven years. McCain will give more tax breaks to big oil,” says the announcer in ‘New Energy,’ which will hit the airwaves in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. “He’s voted with Bush 95 percent of the time. Barack Obama will make energy independence an urgent priority.”

The Obama campaign says the 30-second spot is a direct response to the RNC’s ad, which painted McCain as an independent who had pressured his party on energy policy.

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soundoff (248 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    If we could harness all of Obama's hot air, we wouldn’t have an energy problem!!

    July 8, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Obama/Bush

    So how much oil will we get if we don't drill?

    July 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. Tony

    Have never seen or heard a Republican who was honest with the people. They will do and say ANYTHING to get elected.

    Haven't the last 8 years taught us anything???

    July 8, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Mark

    So, it will take seven years. It will take longer than seven years for the alternative energy sources to be able to replace fossil fuels.

    Let's think short-term and long-term. If we gave the go ahead to start drilling today, the short-term you will see OPEC lower the price of oil very quickly to prevent us from being self sufficient and the long-term we will have enough oil to buy us the time to get the alternatives working.

    There must be a mandate to the oil companies drilling if they drill the majority of oil must be for domestic use and perhaps some of the return on there investment must go to research and development in alternative energy sources.

    July 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Ellie in Aurora, CO

    McCain, McCain, McCain! You've had hundreds of years in Congress to do the right things on spending, energy, jobs, etc. And what have you done? Well, you spend more on Iraq and want to keep troops there for 100 years. You know what? They don't want us there for even another 2 years! We keep learning the same lesson since the Crusades. They don't want the west in their part of the world – and if you, McCain, had done more to get us out of the oil business, we wouldn't be there

    July 8, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    And Bambi has what experience in this area?

    Just what would his accomplishments on this issue be??????????

    July 8, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Gramma Faye /Idaho

    I sure would like to hear that ad and also hear a REAL plan from someone. Everything I have heard is 12 to 30 yrs down the road and this old lady won't live that long. We need someone with a plan to get us back on our feet NOW. This oil mess is most of the problem with the weak dollar and our lousy economy. They will never get straightened out until we become a self sufficient country again and quit letting other countries control our finances while they slowly poison our imported food supply.

    July 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. George in Indianapolis

    It just amazes me how many people will say things here based upon what some pondit or politicial has spun. Think about this: More drilling more fossil fuel; more fossil fuel more out of control consumption; more consumption, more greenhouse gases; more greenhouse gases more global warming more global warning more destructive weather more destructive weather more bad weather more demand for winter fuel not to mention damage to energy infrastructure. which means less energy. Oil is not the answer and certainly drilling has never been the solution. Oil companies have enough available deposits, they just want to control more leases. If they won't drill and pump the oil theyalready got here in US, what makes you think they will spend billions to pump it from Antartica duh! We willl never beable to drill our way out of this mess. I will give up my V-8 when the country gets serious about energy. We need alternatives. Byt the way Obama does have a plan. Rather than criticize and spin this mess go to his site and check out his plan. Does McBush offer anythign more than giing the oil companies more oil leases?

    July 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. mitchell hussein martin

    to therealist:we have to elect him,first.obama cant make policy until he's elected.come back on jan. 21st.and i'll tell you all about the change that's coming.

    July 8, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  10. Tori, Oregon


    Um the Oil energy Bill from Cheney came in the first bush term. Obama was not elected to the Senate until the 2nd Bush term. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!

    July 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Abby

    What Exactly does obama stand for – what are his policies????
    Seem to CHANGE daily to suit his political needs.
    Rev Wright was Right "Obama will say whatever he has to – he is a typical politician". The DNC picked the WRONG guy – they sure made a "Bonehead Mistake" – BUT Americans will fix this in November –
    our VOTES will Count.

    July 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Jamaal Kansas

    Get him Obama about time you start hitting those republicans were it Hurt that takes guts i am sending 50 dollars right now to keep that ad running Obama 08

    July 8, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    Just a couple of points here regarding the message of the ad:

    1) You can in fact get oil from the offshore onto the market within a year if you use a MODU or drill ship. You can get it within 5 years if a rig needs to be constructed and floated out to the location while you do exploratory drilling. Seven years in a worst-case scenario.

    2) The ad completely ignores the largest ever investment by any administration into hydrogen and bio fuel technology which occurred under Bush.

    3) Obama refuses to be proactive with endorsing nuclear power expansion in the US, which offers the country the best form of mid-term power solution, especially since we already have the resources available domestically.

    Conclusion: This ad might be effective on people who are not well-versed on the topic (which is probably what they are aiming for) and those who already support Obama. For those that do understand the topic, the ad could quite possibly push potential voters away and into the McCain camp.

    July 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  14. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Republicans ruled the House since 1994 and then the Senate as of January 2001. And President Bush, of course, hase been President since 2001.

    So my question to Senator McCain, much the same as I'd throw to his regarding his contention of overspending over the last few years is
    "Where have you been since YOUR PARTY, the REPUBLICAN PARTY, was in total control

    July 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    America had an indicator in the seventies of oil dependency and its effects....and what did we do........we build more gas guzzling automobiles and other devices that consumed more oil. With gas at $5 dollar a gallon and our dependency on oil has now evolved to an addiction......what are we doing.....thinking about drilling, terminate production of gas guzzling vehicles........things we should have initiated in the seventies......but this is an election year......so let's bring it up again.

    July 8, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Adam Smith TX, USA

    Obama's decision to forgo public finance will be tested early on by 527s and RNC.

    Obama – Clinton 08

    July 8, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. basanti

    Just read this in a news article about Italian PM "Berlusconi burst onto the political scene with no experience and used his "vast network of media holdings" to finance his campaign on a promise to "purge the notoriously lackadaisical Italian government of corruption."" ... reminds me of a certain obama. such a shame to have the worst democratic and republicn choices in a general election at the time when the country really needs better.

    July 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  18. Jamaal Kansas

    Obama is doing a response to the attacks by the republicans good for him if it was me i would not have been so nice

    July 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Empty suit, empty promises

    You Obama sheep are pathetic. The chosen one can say (very little of real substance) anything and you all fall in line. We ALL understand the NEED to find other alternatives for ALL of our futures, but just whining and saying that it will take to long to drill so LET'S DO NOTHING is not going to cut it anymore.

    Real simple, threaten to START drilling and watch how quickly OPEC starts to change their tune, in the meantime we can start planning on opening up some of our less cumbersome sites and in THE MEANTIME, YES, YES, YES, start seeking alternatives for the FUTURE like corn, seaweed, cucumbers, WHATEVER, but more lies and obstruction by the Democrats for over 30 years on this subject has gotten us what exactly, right where we deserve to be.

    Since he has no original thoughts himself, I am not running to Odumma.com to get his ideas, I want to hear them from him.

    July 8, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Tony

    Obama had better pick a man like Joe Biden as V.P.

    Should anything happen to Obama, a strong V.P. will step into the role of president and Joe Biden has the track record, the experience to lead this country's armed forces, etc.

    His policy regarding Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan is the right one and people had better start listening before it is too late.

    July 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Unempressed

    The problem with bandaids McCain wants (drilling) is it's just prolonging the problem AND will prevent R&D into alternatives – imagine where we'd be if we had invested 20+ yrs ago into alternatives?? This is besides the fact that more oil rigs off Fl/Ca beaches won't even affect gas prices much... and not even for 7+ yrs.

    As someone else already said, the oil companies have lots of areas they can drill now... they just won't because the market is just to good for them now.

    July 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. @HusseinIsAmerican2

    Americans are just PLAIN STUPID! you want to DRILL MORE and give g. bush & his cronies more oil business & tax breaks.....gimme a break!!!!!!

    there is no short term solutions to our energy crisis....and McShame is just reading off gdubya family-energy playbook and toeing the lines of his oil lobbyist friends!!!!

    July 8, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. The Other Campaign Strategists from 115th St & Amsterdam Ave.

    Today's gasoline and oil price problems and any winter time shortages of natural gas are due to the energy policies of the current administration.

    To continue any aspect of that lack of strategic, future thinking about managing the country's energy consumption and it various SOURCES means that our momentum won't change.

    It's good money chasing bad money on the craps table at the casino.

    The next president will inherit an energy mess. We need someone who will use market forces to lead us away from an OIL, hydrocarbon dominated fuel policy to a re-newable "carrier fuel" energy policy.

    July 8, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  24. salt of the earth

    Obama is clearly running to the middle since winning/stealing the nomination.

    Lets call that for what it is: Lying. He either lied during the primary or is lying now. Which do YOU prefer?

    Hillary Clinton was always in the middle- where most of America is- and that is why I voted for her.

    After hammering and criticizing HRC for her platform, Obama has now adopted HRC's stance on foreign affairs, NAFTA, IRAQ and the economy. I really can not stand those political games.

    Hillary is the only one with a True UNIVERSAL Health care plan. Obama's is just more of the same- pay for it or opt out of it- with government involvement. I will vote AGAINST any so-called "universal" health care plan, that is NOT universal, until we can get one that actually IS universal.

    July 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. IAMWMD

    As long as Obama's campaign sticks to the facts as they are doing and expose McSame for the Bush clone he is Obama will win. It's gonna be a back breaker when he wins Georgia. I'm gonna love to see the sad looks on the racist rightwingers' faces here in Atlanta on Nov 2.

    Sorry republicans, but It's self defense when you counter your opponents attack ads. Camp Obama will not sit around and let the next president get swiftboated, hood-winked and lied on by the GOP and their 527 groups like Kerry's campaign did in 2004.

    P.S. Your money isn't long enough this year GOP. Oprah will offset anything you give McSame

    July 8, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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